Ho Wai-On 何蕙安 aka Ann-Kay Lin

Benson Wong for Me 王玉泉為我設計的

Portraits of Me and Designs for Me


Updated 18 July 七月十八日更新

Portraits of Ho Wai-On 何蕙安畫像

1. Drawing of Ho Wai-On by Toby Man — both are alumni of True Light Middle School of Hong Kong.  

An old friend who knows me well said: "The portrait by Toby Man is excellent, has completely captured you. "


2. Polly Hope painted my portrait in exchange for a piece of music.   Click to see the score For Polly《送給寶莉》樂譜.  英國藝術家何寶莉為我畫像交換我為她作一首曲叫做《送給寶莉》。

Click each image to enlarge.  單擊以下細圖放大

1. Ho Wai-On by Toby Man
1. Ho Wai-On by Toby Man
2. Ho Wai-On by Polly Hope
2. Ho Wai-On by Polly Hope

A musical notation inspired movable diamond pendant

for Ho Wai-On by Benson Wong (Belford Jewellery HK)


Many “contemporary music” composers use 'graphic notation' – non-traditional symbols to convey information about the performance of a piece of music. I showed a number of these to my old friend Benson Wong as design inspiration and also told him my interest in kinetic art. Benson liked the “cyclic group” symbol. The result is a movable diamond pendant. I like the design very much.


There is a joint at each diamond so the shape can change as you move and any one can be at the top where the necklace threads through. The following are only a few variations –- there can be more. Click each image to enlarge.  

每顆鑽石都鑲在活動的關節中,形狀可隨著移動改變,任何一顆都可以讓頸鏈穿過。以下是一些變動型態 – 可以有更多的。單擊以下細圖放大。


I met Benson Wong through a mutual friend when I was working on a concert sponsored by the Hong Kong Urban Council entirely of my works a long time ago (see Metamorphosis). Over the years, though he lives in Hong Kong and I live in England, we keep in touch.  In my Inter Artes project Theme Hong Kong, he was one of the Hong Kong artists I featured in the related exhibition in London.


As a new student at the Royal Academy of Music, the Lady Superintendent (who looked after students' welfare) found lodging for me to stay with an alumni couple ‒ John Boyce and Margaret née Morley. Over Christmas they took me to visit Margaret's parents ‒ John and Patricia Morley, who lived in a lovely property called The Old Cottage. There I also met their young son John David Morley who later made a successful career as a writer and novelist. Patricia was a fine artist and sculptor, and painted my portrait in oil while I was staying at The Old Cottage. I liked the painting very much and Patricia gave it to me. Later, as a present, Patricia bought me all that was needed to start me on oil painting. I painted a self-portrait in oil which I rather liked. When I went back to Hong Kong for the Summer holiday, I took this self-portrait together with the one painted by Patricia Morley to show my mother. Unfortunately, without telling me, she threw both paintings away as rubbish. Though later Patricia painted another portrait of me, which she liked and kept for herself, I always thought it was such a pity that the first one met such a brutal fate.

Going through some old photos, I came across a tiny B/W snap of this lost portrait sitting in Patricia's studio just after it was finished. From the enlargements one might still have an impression of this painting. The original emphasized the colours blue and white, as I was wearing a blue jacket with silver bamboo leave patterns.

More portraits to come...

3. Ho Wai-On's portrait by Patricia Morley (painted during my first Christmas in England)